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A Country Emerging from the Shadows

April 8th, 2014

Currently, agriculture is the main economic activity in this land-locked country. What African country lacking oil or diamonds experienced economic growth of 8 percent since 2010? Reduced the percentage of [...]

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Development Done Right—How a Donated Bicycle in Africa Led to a Thriving Business Africa Needs

February 25th, 2014

Think supporting development means giving hand outs?  Think again.  Done right, development means giving a hand up. One of the best examples is World Bicycle Relief’s recently established Buffalo Bikes [...]

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Despite Some Discouraging Headlines, Things in Africa are Actually Looking Up

February 19th, 2014

Recent headlines on the tragic violence in the Central African Republic and South Sudan and continued fighting in Mali revive for some the stereotypical view that Sub Saharan Africa will [...]

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Aid for Africa Endowment Scholar Returns from Tracking Malnutrition and Hunger in South Sudan

October 30th, 2013

In July the Aid for Africa blog highlighted Jacqueline Lauer, the Aid for Africa Endowment Scholar at Tufts University’s Friedman School, who conducted research this summer in South Sudan with [...]

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5 Reasons to Educate an African Girl—And Change Everything!

October 11th, 2013

For most of us, the idea of not being able to attend school because of one’s gender is unthinkable. But in developing countries, particularly in Africa, it’s all too common [...]

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Keeping the Millennium Development Goals On Target

September 23rd, 2013

The UN General Assembly meets this week in New York City to discuss how to accelerate efforts to meet its 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals. The eight goals [...]

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Female Circumcision Declining in Africa, but 30 Million Girls Still at Risk

August 7th, 2013

A new report by UNICEF finds that the practice of female genital cutting (FGC), which started centuries ago, has been declining in Africa. But even where laws now forbid it, [...]

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Will President Obama Find a Rising Africa on his Upcoming Trip?

June 24th, 2013

As U.S. President Barack Obama and his family head out to Sub Saharan Africa this week, they will find a continent many thoughtful economists believe is on the rise. A [...]

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Women in Africa “Lean In,” Taking a Page from Sheryl Sandberg’s Book

April 24th, 2013

With the recent launch of Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, discussion of the value of women in the workforce has blossomed. It’s clear [...]

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The Challenge of Providing Clean Water in Rural Africa

March 22nd, 2013

Every two years the World Health Organization takes a look at access to improved drinking water around the world.  The good news is that an additional 2 billion people gained [...]

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Celebrating International Women’s Day—Recognizing the Role of Women Every Day

March 8th, 2013

Every March 8th, International Women’s Day, we acknowledge the struggles and successes that women encounter worldwide. This year’s theme focuses on violence against women, which takes many forms—physical, sexual, psychological [...]

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Despite Conflict in Northern Mali,Village Needs Are Met by Aid for Africa Charity

February 8th, 2013

Recently, the African country of Mali has made international headlines as French and Malian forces seek to oust Islamist rebels from the northern part of the country. The conflict in [...]

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Rehabilitation Center in Central Africa Gives Traumatized Children a Chance

January 30th, 2013

The plight of child soldiers and children affected by conflict remains a major concern throughout Africa. Even reports from the recent fighting in Mali highlight how children have been forced [...]

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Despite National Problems, Innovative Approaches to Education Provide Poor Children a Chance in South Africa

January 9th, 2013

Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Robin Dixon says that the educational system in South Africa has improved little for the nation’s poor black students in the 18 years since [...]

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Remembering a Leader of Legal Justice in South Africa

December 18th, 2012

The cause of social justice in Africa lost one of its giants this month with the death of Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson.  Born and educated in South Africa, Chaskalson, 81, [...]

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Today is A Day to Recognize Girls

October 11th, 2012

A global campaign to support the empowerment of girls has led to the United Nations designating October 11th as the very first International Day of the Girl.  Aid for Africa [...]

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Aid for Africa Scholar Helps Improve Nutrition in Northern Tanzania

August 20th, 2012

As the summer draws to a close, Katrina Brink, the first Aid for Africa Scholar supported through the Aid for Africa Endowment for Food and Sustainable Agriculture at the Friedman [...]

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Ending the Transmission of the AIDS Virus from Mother to Child—It Just Might be Possible

July 20th, 2012

In the United States and Europe, every day one child is born with HIV.  In Africa, every day 1,000 children are born with HIV.  mothers2mothers is changing that. mothers2mothers (m2m), [...]

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The Cradle Project—A Reminder of the 12 Million African Children Affected by AIDS

July 13th, 2012



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Landscape Approaches Ease Conflicts and Promote Sustainable Development

June 29th, 2012

Farmers versus environmentalists. Rural food alliances versus tourism. Ranchers versus private industry.  Can we build alliances between them in Africa to increase food production? Boost rural incomes? Restore degraded land [...]

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World Refugee Day: Recognizing Those Who Give Voice and Hope to the Most Vulnerable

June 20th, 2012

People around the world are fleeing their communities in search of safe places to call home.  On World Refugee Day, June 20, we especially recognize the more than 3 million [...]

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Wolves, Okapis, and Painted Dogs – Oh my!

June 6th, 2012

African wildlife often conjures images of rhinos, zebras, or elephants. But there are hundreds of animal species that call Africa home.  For instance, did you know that wolves are native [...]

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Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund Spotlight–Catherine Koyiah

May 30th, 2012

Catherine Koyiah, College Sophomore: Beating the Odds Each year in Sub Saharan Africa, millions of girls fail to reach their potential. Barriers to education are often to blame. These barriers [...]

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“Lost Boys” Clinic in South Sudan Celebrates Five Years of Health Care

May 23rd, 2012

If you have been following the news from South Sudan you know this new nation confronts many challenges, including threats of renewed warfare, extreme poverty, and a shortage of government [...]

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Keeping Population Growth in Check: How a High School Education Changes Everything

May 4th, 2012

The benefits of educating a girl in Africa are many—learning to read, write, and do simple math in primary (elementary) school are the first steps to better health, future employment, [...]

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Earth Day—Uniting Voices Worldwide for a Sustainable Future

April 21st, 2012

Did you know that on April 22, 1970—the first Earth Day—20 million Americans demonstrated from coast to coast in the United States to call for a healthy, sustainable environment? For [...]

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Will Technology Feed a Warming World?

April 18th, 2012

A recent blog noted that climate change will negatively affect African agriculture, particularly production of the most important staple crops– millet, cassava, rice (West Africa), maize, bananas and plantains. More [...]

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World Health Day: How Can Sub Saharan Africa Have 25 Percent of the Disease Burden But Only 3 Percent of the World’s Trained Health Workers?

April 6th, 2012

On World Health Day, April 7, think about this: Sub Saharan Africa has 11 percent of the world’s population, bears 25 percent of the disease burden in the world, but [...]

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World Water Day: Imagine if You Woke Up Tomorrow and No Water Flowed from Your Taps

March 22nd, 2012

Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and no water flowed from your taps. How far would you have to walk to get to the nearest fresh water source? How long [...]

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Empowering Development through Bicycles, World Bicycle Relief Reaches Half a Million People

March 16th, 2012

What is black, shiny, holds up to 200 pounds, is easy to repair, and transforms lives?  A bicycle designed and built for Africa by World Bicycle Relief!  The Aid for [...]

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Jumpstarting Africa’s Small Businesses

February 29th, 2012

In 2009, the proportion of people in Sub Saharan Africa living on less than $1.25 a day was just below 50 percent – the highest of any region in the [...]

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Singing the Praises of Wildlife Conservation

February 22nd, 2012

Aid for Africa does not often enough sing the praises of its members who are working to conserve wildlife in Sub Saharan Africa.  But, as you are about to read, [...]

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A Valentine to You from Africa

February 9th, 2012

For many, Valentine’s Day is synonymous with chocolate— a product of the cacao tree.  Almost 70 percent of the world’s cocoa comes from Ghana, Ivory Coast and a few other [...]

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Trash is Not Trash Until It Is Wasted

January 26th, 2012

Many of us recycle our bottles and waste without ever seeing the tangible benefits. Although recycling is practiced far less commonly in Sub Sahara Africa, the recycling efforts of two [...]

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Looking to a Brighter Future in Africa

January 3rd, 2012

When thinking about Africa, the facts that come to mind are often not good. Most Africans live on less than $2 a day. The average life span in many countries [...]

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Fulfilling the Principles of Human Rights Day

December 10th, 2011

It is hard to believe that 63 years ago today, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration has served as the foundation for an ever-expanding [...]

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Drilling for Water in Africa’s Most Remote Regions

December 5th, 2011

They did it!  World Hope International recently dug its 700th well and achieved its goal of providing 500,000 people in Sub Saharan Africa with clean water! World Hope and its [...]

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America’s Top Diplomat for Africa Bullish on the Continent’s Future

November 28th, 2011

At the annual meeting of the African Studies Association in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson spoke on a range of [...]

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Remembering a Legacy of Planting Trees and Building Lives

November 4th, 2011

In our previous blog post on the 2011 International Year of the Forest we highlighted the importance of forests in Africa, which account for the livelihoods of more than half [...]

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Turning the Millennium Goals Into Reality: Goal 5 – Improve Maternal Health

October 24th, 2011

In the fifth blog post in our series about the UN’s Millennium Development Goals we focus on Millennium Goal 5: Improve maternal health. The UN goal is to ensure that [...]

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Community-Based Conservation Efforts to Protect Wildlife

September 22nd, 2011

Tomorrow, September 22, is World Rhino Day, when  international attention is raised about the senseless slaughter of these amazing animals due to the mythical belief held by many that rhino horn contains magical healing properties.

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Eliminating the Obstacles Keeping African Children Out of School

September 14th, 2011

This September throughout the United States, school-age children picked up their books and lunch money and headed off to school. They look forward to doing that every year through their [...]

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Education on Overdrive—Creating Sustainable Schools

August 26th, 2011

In Uganda and Tanzania, students supported by Aid for Africa members are learning more than reading, science, and math.  They are learning how to make their schools sustainable. For the [...]

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Fighting East African Famine Requires both Immediate and Long-term Solutions

August 1st, 2011

Food aid has begun to reach people in East Africa who are severely afflicted by the worst drought in 60 years. This emergency food aid is vital to prevent thousands [...]

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Turning the Millennium Goals into Reality: Gender Equality–Goal 3

July 6th, 2011

US First Lady Michelle Obama drew the world’s attention to the plight of women and youth in Sub Saharan Africa during her recent trip to South Africa and Botswana. In [...]

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Making a Difference on World Refugee Day and Beyond

June 20th, 2011

In Africa today more than 3 million people are refugees—forced to leave their homes due to persecution, violence, or conflict. The UN Refugee Agency—UNHCR—says the refugee crisis is particularly acute [...]

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Zeroing in on Farming in Africa as a Key to Long-Term Development

June 1st, 2011

At a recent meeting of the Chicago Council on Foreign Affairs, Bill Gates spoke of a new effort to help the farmers of Africa and South Asia build better lives [...]

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Turning the Millennium Development Goals Into Reality

May 19th, 2011

Did you know that the Millennium Development Goals are the most ambitious, targeted, and comprehensive set of objectives ever created to eradicate extreme poverty? Established by the United Nations in [...]

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Fostering Development from within a Community—The Value of Small Nonprofits

May 13th, 2011

Most people who view the Kibera slum of 1 million–with its burgeoning youth population–on the outskirts of Nairobi see a powder keg waiting to explode.  A few others, like Rye [...]

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Remembering Less Fortunate Mothers

May 6th, 2011

Being a mother is never easy, but in Africa it takes on a whole new dimension. Save the Children’s new report on the best and worst countries for motherhood says [...]

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Providing Hope to Ivorian Refugees in Liberia

April 15th, 2011

The conflict in the Ivory Coast has led to the fleeing of more than 80,000 Ivorian refugees to its neighbor Liberia. In the midst of this humanitarian disaster Aid for [...]

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Focus on Women: Realizing a Girl’s Potential and Fulfilling her Aspirations through Education

March 30th, 2011

When Ann Musabe was 16 years old she was in high school in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, and in need of support.  She found that support through Aid for [...]

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World Water Day: Spotlight on Saving Lives with Safe Drinking Water

March 21st, 2011

On March 22, World Water Day, Aid for Africa asks you to remember that there are 1.1 billion people in the world who lack access to safe drinking water – [...]

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Focus on Women: Changing a Young Woman’s Story through Education

March 18th, 2011

Caroline Kashinin Senteu is one of only a handful of Maasai women in Kenya with a college education, and although her story began as the story of most Maasai women, [...]

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2011 International Women’s Day: Focus on Education and Training

March 7th, 2011

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day on March 8 is equal access for women to education, training and science and technology. Education and training are important components of Aid [...]

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Planting the Seeds Toward a Brighter Future

February 25th, 2011

Tamiru Gerite lives with his wife and five children in the village of Bedengeltu, in Southern Ethiopia. He works hard as a farmer, but his subsistence fields generate little income. [...]

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Building African Democracies with Books

February 21st, 2011

As the dust settles after events in Tunisia and Egypt, the hard part of building true democracies from the ground-up has only just begun. Established rule of law, a thriving [...]

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Saving Africa’s Forests

February 11th, 2011

The United Nations designated 2011 the International Year of Forests and is working to highlight the importance of forests worldwide. Nowhere are forests more important than in Africa. More than [...]

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A New Model for Helping South Africa’s Most Vulnerable Children

February 2nd, 2011

The founders of the Ubuntu Education Fund in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, realized early on that that a fresh approach was needed to help the thousands of vulnerable South African [...]

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Southern Sudan Votes for the Future and Prepares for the Challenges

January 10th, 2011

In Sudan, the south and north fought a civil war for more than three decades.  Beginning January 9 through the 15th, the south is voting to become an independent state.  [...]

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Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund — Helping girls go to school, stay in school, and succeed in life!

September 16th, 2010

Life is tough for many poor girls in Africa.  Culture and tradition often keeps them at home while their brothers go to school.  Some girls are forced to marry when [...]

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Africa’s growing economic muscle tells only part of the story

August 5th, 2010

Africa is making progress economically, according to a new report by McKinsey & Company.  With combined gross domestic products across the continent of 1.6 trillion dollars in 2008, Africa is [...]

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Scientific Research Underpins Development Advancements

June 16th, 2010

An elephant trampling a farmer’s field is a frequent problem in many parts of Africa. One elephant can destroy a farmer’s entire crop. Recent news reports suggest that research scientists [...]

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Embracing Local Community Needs is Key to Conserving Africa’s Wildlife

April 16th, 2010

Today, in his column in the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof writes about the demise of the African wild dog, also known as the painted dog.  Once numbering in the hundreds of thousands throughout Africa, the painted dog is about to disappear—only a few thousand remain in four countries.

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Working to Save Africa’s Rich Biodiversity

February 25th, 2010

The United Nations has named 2010 International Biodiversity Year, acknowledging the continued loss of plant and animal species around the world from population growth, urbanization, deteriorating habitats, invasive species, and [...]

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Alternatives to Orphanages Bring Hope to Africa’s Vulnerable Children

December 19th, 2009

The United Nations estimates that more than 55 million African children have lost one parent and that almost 15 million of them have lost a parent to AIDS. Orphanages are [...]

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Surviving Drought through Small Businesses

November 19th, 2009

According to Reuters some 23 million people are in need of food aid in East Africa because of severe drought.  Last month the Ethiopian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development [...]

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